Brevard group helping special needs adults breaks ground on new campus

By Greg Pallone,
Last Updated: Tuesday, November 10, 2015, 3:01 PM EST

A Brevard County charitable organization saw a decadelong dream become reality Monday afternoon.

Promise in Brevard, which helps adults with special needs live and work productively, broke ground on a new 39-acre campus in West Melbourne.

Once complete, 126 special needs people will live in housing on the property. They will eventually work for 10 new businesses such as the nearby Promise Thrift Shop.

Group founder Betsy Farmer's inspiration is her son Luke, who is about to turn 30. Luke has been working jobs around the community for several years -- just like the people who will live at the new campus.

"They are going to be happy and healthy, very productive and all have real jobs and real paychecks," Farmer said.

The group has received $17 million in state funding so far and will continue to ask the private sector to help come up with an additional $5 million needed to fully complete the facility.